Texas Legislators push aid to middle schoolers
from The Houston Chronicle
Texas Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, was stunned a few years ago when state auditors answered her request with a white surrender flag: They could not tell her which programs designed to help struggling, low-income students worked and which didn't. Billions of dollars flow into programs designed to boost poor students and to keep them in school. But there are too many variables to measure their impact. The Plano Republican, chair of the Senate Education Committee, plans to team up with Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, on legislation that gives more personalized attention to middle school students.
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